Patrol deputy’s follow-through results in SNAP fraud arrests
Keen observations by a TPSO patrol deputy resulted in felony arrests of two women in connection with a fraudulent scheme involving a Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program card. A report was received Friday, Feb. 14, from a woman who said she was missing money from her SNAP card (used for the program commonly referred to as “Food Stamps).
At the store the deputy learned that records showed an online purchase that matched a store pickup made by a woman in a silver Ford Focus. The deputy viewed surveillance video and observed a woman making the pickup. The complainant said she did not know the vehicle on the video and that she had never authorized anyone to use her card. Further investigation indicated that the woman making the pickup had entered a PIN number to complete the purchase. The video did not show a tag number for that silver vehicle.
A short time later while conducting proactive patrol, the deputy observed a silver Ford Focus at Alma Street and Richard Drive, which appeared disabled. Information developed during an encounter with the vehicle’s driver resulted in information matching facts obtained at the store, in addition to other evidence. Further investigation revealed that the complainant in the case had sold the card to Ashley Cheramine Sims, 35, of Houma, who was arrested and transported to the Terrebonne Parish Criminal Justice Complex, where she was booked and held without bond for unauthorized use of food stamp coupons, cards or devices. He then traveled to the 200 block of Final Court, in Houma, where he arrested the complainant, Tanya Jean Samanie, 47, who was transported to the Terrebonne Parish Criminal Justice Complex and booked for unauthorized use of food stamp coupons, cards and devices. She also had a warrant for failure to appear at a prior court date and is being held without bond.